Sustainability Roundtable

E²SHI convenes Johns Hopkins faculty and doctoral students for peer-learning exchanges and brainstorming opportunities around sustainability-related topics. The roundtable comprises of researchers from all JHU schools with a background in social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, engineering, business, and policy. The goals of the roundtable are to:

  1. To bring together JHU researchers interested in starting or expanding research or education projects related to environment or sustainability areas. Faculty members and doctoral students from all schools are welcome to participate.
  2. To provide a forum for faculty and doctoral students with expertise or interest in social sciences to share ideas, explore interdisciplinary approaches to research questions, and hear perspectives from outside their own discipline.
  3. To serve as a peer-sharing and brainstorming opportunity for faculty and doctoral students to discuss processes (rather than findings) and potentially foster new collaborations for research and education projects.
  4. Provide a space to brainstorm and a safe environment where no question is too small or big to ask.

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Next Roundtable Discussion

Waste Management in Baltimore City
Wed, December 14 at 9:00 - 10:30 am at the Homewood campus
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Join us for a discussion with two JHU doctoral candidates, Ramya Ambikapathi and Chris Kelley, about a waste management project they are working on in Baltimore. The goal of the roundtable is to provide an opportunity for JHU faculty, staff and graduate students to discuss waste issues in Baltimore City and relevant potential research topics, and to provide feedback on their project. RSVP to attend

Ramya and Chris’ project focuses on improving trash collection and reducing litter in Baltimore. Learn more about their work. They are on the new Baltimore Mayor’s sanitation transition team and seeking input from people interested in applying research to local policy issues.


Past Roundtable Discussions


May 13, 2015: The Emerging "Green Civilization" - a discussion on weaving together broad concepts of climate change, time and space, identity and community, religion and cosmology, and economics and industrial technology. Facilitated by Beth Mendenhall and Daniel Deudney from the Department of Political Science. 

April 6, 2015: Building collaborations to interface art and science. Facilitated by Dr. Ben Zaitchik, assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences as well as Marnie Benney and Katie O'Meara from MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art).

October 14, 2014: IPCC Working Group III's report on mitigating climate change. Facilitated by Dr. Ben Zaitchik, assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Dr. Bentley Allan, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science.

June 19, 2014: Shifting to a future without reliance on oil and the role of energy efficiency. Facilitated by guest, Dr. Steve Hallett, associate professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue University.

March 7, 2014: Forms of social power that influence personal choices and sustainable development efforts. Facilitated by Dr. Erica Schoenberger, professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering.

January 31, 2014: Fostering interdisciplinary collaboration on urban issues that incorporate work from humanities, social sciences, business, technology, engineering, education, and health. Facilitated by Dr. Lindsay Thompson, associate professor in the Carey Business School.

September 17, 2013: How people recall floods and view natural disasters, with a focus on Bangladesh's river communities. Facilitated by Dr. Naveeda Khan, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology.

June 20, 2013: Images in contemporary ecological and environmental practice. Facilitated by Dr. Anand Pandian, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology.

May 8, 2013: The role of scientific knowledge in the global climate regime. Facilitated by Dr. Bentley Allan, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science.

We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson